Shooting in my Neighborhood Today

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    It was a beautiful day today in Wetumpka, AL, until late this afternoon...

    I was doing some reorganizing of the house and had to take out some trash. While returning back from the trashcan I hear someone firing a lot of what sounded like 9mm very close by.

    My daughter was outside and came running back to the house saying she saw a man with a gun pointing it at a crowd of people about two blocks away!

    I got everyone inside and called 911. They were well aware of the event, dispatched officers and got me off the phone quickly.

    I then got my shotgun because according to my daughter, the guy was sorta' heading our way.

    Next I put on my police scanner and was able to determine that they caught the guy, one person was shot multiple times and another was grazed by a bullet.

    The incident occurred three blocks away at a crowded park and after he fired all his shots, the folks in the park chased after him. What my daughter saw was him being chased and then pointing the gun at the crowd to keep them back.

    I had my pistol already on me, but I wanted something bigger as I had no idea what might be happening. Looks like I need to keep a long gun downstairs as well now...

    What's scarier is that this is a nice neighborhood and this is a VERY rare incident. Just goes to show you that bad things can happen anywhere, anytime. Glad I was ready to fight back if need be. Thank God I didn't have to though!
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    Glad you and yours weren't injured.
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    Anywhere, any time. Glad you and yours are safe. I do like the idea of having a scanner to follow the action.
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    Ugh...hate to hear this kind of news. Your daughter was wise to run to Daddy. You were wise to be prepared. We are all thankful that you both are OK.
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    Very scary! Glad you and your family are OK!

    This is the reason I carry ALWAYS (where legal). I am sitting on the back porch right now enjoying a great cuban cigar and still have a gun on my hip. I keep one on me while I work from home every day as well - and I live in a gated neighborhood.

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    It was very surreal.

    When all was said and done, I thought, "Wow, I just heard someone get shot."

    Three blocks away is too close. One neighbor lady near the scene had a stray round come into her home.
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    A story for you.

    I had just left Active Duty after 21 years in the USMC and was on terminal leave with an effective retirement date of 1 July, 10 days away. Wife was visiting relatives, kids still off at college and I was alone with the dogs. I was in bed asleep/half awake when gun fire erupts in the alleyway behind my house (about 20 yards) I was temp renting. I heard two rounds "click" through the walls. As I am laying on the floor, 1911 in my hands, all I could think about was, "Damn, I am going to get shot here, in bed, not in combat, right before I get to retire completely!"

    Turns out, a kid, (16 years old) was being chased by the cops. The kid turned and fired one shot from a 22 pistol and the 4 police returned fire...........63 times.........No human was hit in any of the exchange and the kid got away and was turned in by his Grandfather the next day after he caught the kid trying to sneak the Ruger Mk1 back into his home. 64 shots fired in a narrow alleyway in a residential area with lots of closely spaced little homes with folks in them at midnight, nobody hit.

    No moral to this story and no point other than sharing.
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    Mano, I am glad that you and yours are okay.
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    The one positive thing I've noticed is that you folks here understand that stuff like this happens and that we're all prepared for the worst the best we can.

    The reactions on Facebook are so different...

    Everyone there immediately tells me to move away or that they won't ever visit our town again. totally different and fearful mindset...

    Wetumpka is a great little town and our crime rate is extremely low. We have a great, proactive police force and I know the Chief and Mayor personally.

    Just an interesting perspective between "us" and "them".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mano3 View Post
    The one positive thing I've noticed is that you folks here understand that stuff like this happens and that we're all prepared for the worst the best we can.

    The reactions on Facebook are so different...

    Everyone there immediately tells me to move away or that they won't ever visit our town again. totally different and fearful mindset...

    Wetumpka is a great little town and our crime rate is extremely low. We have a great, proactive police force and I know the Chief and Mayor personally.

    Just an interesting perspective between "us" and "them".
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    Scary situation! I'm glad you and your family are safe!
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    Glad you and yours are ok. I don't need to tell you but give the little girl an extra hug.
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    Glad you are ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorizo View Post
    A story for you.

    I had just left Active Duty after 21 years in the USMC and was on terminal leave with an effective retirement date of 1 July, 10 days away. Wife was visiting relatives, kids still off at college and I was alone with the dogs. I was in bed asleep/half awake when gun fire erupts in the alleyway behind my house (about 20 yards) I was temp renting. I heard two rounds "click" through the walls. As I am laying on the floor, 1911 in my hands, all I could think about was, "Damn, I am going to get shot here, in bed, not in combat, right before I get to retire completely!"

    Turns out, a kid, (16 years old) was being chased by the cops. The kid turned and fired one shot from a 22 pistol and the 4 police returned fire...........63 times.........No human was hit in any of the exchange and the kid got away and was turned in by his Grandfather the next day after he caught the kid trying to sneak the Ruger Mk1 back into his home. 64 shots fired in a narrow alleyway in a residential area with lots of closely spaced little homes with folks in them at midnight, nobody hit.

    No moral to this story and no point other than sharing.
    But SOMEONE was pretty adept at hitting your house. So much for "couldn't hit the broadside of a barn" !! Glad you are OK!
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    An object lesson for your whole family: anytime, anywhere. Indeed.

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